Memoirs of a Guy-sha

11Apr08

Hostess clubs, where business men are entertained by the modern equivalent of geishas, are a night-life staple in Japan, where gender roles tend to perform amazing acrobatics. So it’s no huge surprise that now, as CNN reports, professional Japanese women are joining their male counterparts in shelling out big bucks for a night of companionship and…compliments.

“I give women things that men normally don’t do, like complimenting their appearance,” says one host, 24-year-old Yunosuke, who only goes by his single host name. “I make women happy.”

And they make him happy: Yunosuke says he earned more than $200,000 last year, enough to let him visit a salon once a day to have his hair dyed and blow-dried. “Women see us as one of their accessories,” he says.”

Indeed, a single night of undivided (but nonsexual) male attention can go for $50,000. Women look at the indulgence like they would a shopping trip or a well-deserved vacation.



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